Plans to use Cannabis for medical purpose set forth by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) permitting medical research on the effects of cannabis on human will be presented before the Cabinet next week.
Once the draft is approved, it will be passed on to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation, said Sophon Mekthon, chairman of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) committee.
On NLA’s approval, within 180 days of publication in the Royal Gazette, the law would be put to effect.
The Narcotics Act strictly confirms the plantation and extraction of substance from marijuana’s only for medical purpose.
In a meeting conducted by the Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, cannabis related issues like cultivation, improvement of the varieties, medical research and regulation of narcotic plants were discussed over.
Dr. Sophon said that different panels will be set to look deep into each matter.
Headed by the GPO, the first panel will be responsible for the supervision and improvement of cannabis, working closely with the professors and experts of Kasetsart University.
The second will look on property extraction from the plant for medical use, along with the GPO with support from the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) and professors from the faculties of pharmacy at Mahidol and Rangsit Universities.
The third will deal with the plant’s medicinal purposes both in conventional and traditional medicines, headed by The DMS and the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicines Department with support from the Department of Mental Health and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital’s Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre.
The fourth panel will look for ways to regulate cannabis research and use for medical purposes, supervised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which will work closely with the ONCB.
The FDA will also organize products extracted from the cannabis.
For the proper functioning of the entire research, the GPO’s building on Rama VI Road will be turned into a cannabis research centre.
Source : The Pattaya News
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